Retire In Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 2, 2015

502438_29751262Baby Boomers have always had a big impact on American culture no matter what stage in their lives they are at; it’s not likely that will change any time soon – even as they move into retirement age.

That being the case many seniors today are changing the way they retire, and where they retire too. More and more frequently we’re seeing people looking to retire not to the sleepy little one stop light towns as they had in previous generations, but instead there has been an explosion in those looking for more amenities in bigger cities.

 

This shift in living is expected to continue with city life becoming even more appealing as we approach the next decade, especially considering the number of Americans over age 50 is expected to triple in the next ten years. Before long it won’t be seniors that are adapting to city life, but rather cities adapting to how seniors want to live! Even today there are a number of reasons why a little bigger city might be appealing, for instance:

 

Educational Opportunity
The Baby Boomer generation is big on keeping boredom at bay, and one way to do that is by keeping your mental facilities strong and growing. Larger metro areas definitely offer more opportunities to take courses just for learning sake, or for those who missed their chance earlier in life to complete their greater education.

 

Public Transportation
In many cases seniors living in more rural areas may lose their ability to drive and become more dependent on family or others to take care of themselves. Even if physical issues aren’t a problem the cost of owning a vehicle and keeping it running well are often daunting if you are on a fixed income. With more access to city provided transportation seniors can regain some of that lost independence and also save travel costs.

 

Better Health
Many larger cities will be able to provide a larger selection of health care providers, including specialists, and a greater number of therapy options. Should you have a medical emergency you can also count on a faster response in the city than you might if you were far out in the wilds.

 

Shopping shopping shopping!
Cities obviously will have a larger number of businesses to choose from no matter what you might be shopping for; let’s be honest, sometimes we aren’t shopping for anything except to see what there is! Whether it’s a chic boutique, or something so simple as your daily groceries, chances are if you are in the city you will be closer to the source for whatever kind of goods you may need.

 

Staying Social
Establishing a good circle of friends and social resources is crucial to a satisfying retirement life. Staying active, and interacting with others can help prevent depression, loss of health, and generally promotes a greater enjoyment of living. City life not only offers more social activities like theaters, plays, and get togethers but it is also usually much easier to grow your social circle and meet new friends when there is a larger community of individuals to mingle with.

 

Housing
Without a doubt there are more homes to choose from in the city. Whereas most rural communities have not only a limited type and number of living spaces they also generally have fewer rental homes and retirement living centers as well. More metro areas will have not only more places to choose from on the whole but most of those places will offer more features as well like property management, so maintaining your new home won’t be an added hassle.

 

Have you considered retiring in Boise? It is a wonderful place to live, work, and play! Not so big of a city to be intimidating, and not so small of a town that you have to worry about doing without, the City of Tree’s has an endless number of great resources for today’s active senior.

Boise Home Improvement: 3 Things for Spring!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 7, 2013

Spring Home MaintenanceYES! Spring at last! The snow bunnies are tucking their sticks away for next season, the grass is turning green and the temperature’s are getting us ready to complain about how hot it will be in July! Idaho in Spring time is truly a place of beauty; everyone in the valley is just itching to get outside – even if it’s just to take care of the yard work!

While chances are good that you already have a growing list of things to check off of your honey-do list there are a top things to take care of first that will help your home take better care of itself all season. These high-priority tasks may not seem glamorous – no gold plated chandeliers in this episode – but they will help you save energy, money, and maintain the value of your home.

Stop the Drafts!
Home experts will recommend insulating your home and sealing windows in preparation for Winter, but fact is making sure your home is properly insulated helps keep it cool in the longer Summer months ahead too! Make sure all your windows have a good seal and that your attic is properly insulated as well. While these sorts of things can be easy to do yourself – just a little insulation, weather stripping or caulking in the right places – you may not even know where to start figuring out where to start. If you’re stuck with any kind of heating or cooling problem in Boise, give Airpro a call!

Update Your Appliances
This one may run a little deeper into the pocket book if you go for full replacement, but switching to newer, more energy efficient appliances can not only save you money but it’s also generally better for the environment too! Hot water heaters, refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers — these are all good items to take a look at. And with today’s economy it might not be time to upgrade, or even be feasible right now. As a consideration think about having your current appliances services or repaired. Repairing your appliances or making sure they are in their best working order can in many times be just as good as an upgrade at a fraction of the cost! Talk to Home Appliance Service for more information and options about how they can help!

Gut the Gutters!
Water damage is often one of the most expensive repairs for your home. While the snow is melted we will likely still see a good bit of rain this Spring; one of the areas of concern for leaks can be your gutters. A few sticks and leaves in the gutter may not seem like a big worry, but your home’s gutters are the first line of defense when it comes to taking the water from the sky and channeling it away from your home. All Valley Window Cleaning not only provides great window cleaning services in Idaho but also can help you get those gutters taken care of as well!

A last good general tip is to just take a walk around your home, look for any early warning signs of future issues like cracks in the concrete, mold or mildew, standing water, or any other indicators that there could be a problem now or in the near future! A little time spent doing regular inspections throughout the year can help you stay on top of things before they become a problem.

 

New Affiliates to Put a Spring in Your Step

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 25, 2012

Spring in Idaho mountain country is a time of growth, when the old is washed away by the flood of new life. The air smells new; there is a certain energy in the wind that stirs each of us into blossom.

We’re seeing great growth here at the Boise Builders Group as well! We have some great new affiliates to share with you even as we say goodbye to one of our founding friends.

$25 off your home inspection with randy funk!Boise Home Inspections
We say farewell to Will Barrow our former home inspection professional with fond faces. Will is moving on to focus on other pursuits after a long career in the industry. Looking ever forward we welcome Randy Funk as our new home inspector! Visit Randy online at his main website here www.homeinspectorboise.com or give him a call at 208.914.5793 for the best home inspections in Idaho!

While we’re at it, here are some quick home maintenance tips for Spring Time from Randy:

*Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

*Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

*Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

Commerical and Residential CleanupBoise Cleanup and Junk Removal
We’re glad to announce our next new affiliate member,Junk Holler! They can help you with any job big or small, whether you have a residential remodel job that needs a little post-job tidy-up or just finished a big commercial build and need to get on to the next job fast, Junk Holler can get you job cleaned up quick! Visit them online at www.junkholler.com or call 208-899-4000 !

 

 

Boise Hardwood Flooring
We also want to take time to recognize A-Max Hardwood Flooring, your source for great hardwood floor installation and maintenance here in the Treasure Valley. From common hearty woods to exotics A-Max can help install or refurbish the wood floors that are the heart of your home! Visit them online at www.amaxhardwood.com or call 208-724-3827

Fight Back Against Allergies!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 30, 2012

As Spring Time is in full swing here in the Treasure Valley many allergy sufferers are already having to deal with the pains and troubles that come along with it. Pollen, dust, and allergens can wreak havoc even on those who usually don’t have problems.

At our last Boise Builders Group meeting Karl Beynun presented us with his amazing new venture in air purification and sanitation – the Hyla system! The appearance of this compact device can be deceptive  as  one might not think one little machine could do so much, but great things come in small packages!

Boise Air PurificationThe Hyla system works by using water to purify the air, not a filter that can easily become clogged or need to be replaced. When the water has done it’s job, simply empty it out and you’re ready to go again! This amazing device can complete circulate and purify the air in the average home in under an hour and can also be used as a vacuum for stubborn carpet messes or on upholstery!  In addition it can be used to balance the humidity in your home and when used as a cleaner is able to pick up dust mite and dander that other machines miss!

Our group was thoroughly impressed by Karl’s presentation and we think you will be too! Don’t suffer with dirty air that could be making you sick – contact Karl today! (208) 830-0051

Spring Savings from the Boise Builders Group

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 25, 2012No Comments

spring flowersSpring is in full swing throughout the Treasure Valley and we’ve got some exciting news for all of our visitors!

The Boise Builders Group has begun collaborating with many of your favorite restaurants and amenities providers to bring you great savings! Our latest coupon is from Deli George!, purveyor of delicious sandwiches and goodies in downtown Boise! Check out our Savings page to find the latest great deals!

What else is new in the BBG?
We’ve welcomed a few new members to our group of exceptional home professionals, including Stone Pro who specializes in granite fabrication and Beacon Electrical a respected name in Idaho electrical contracting. Visit their individual profiles here or find their contact information below if you need their services.

Beacon Electric
Call 208-850-7167

 

Stone Pro
Call 208-321-4010 or visit www.stoneproidaho.com

 

Stay tuned to this website for more news and deals for your Idaho home! If we can ever be of help please don’t hesitate to contact us. If one of our service experts can’t help with your particular need we are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for!